Baroque Pearls For Your Inner Goddess
_____________________________________________ FROM KIMBERLY I’ve been fascinated with Greek and Roman art and antiquity my entire life – I’m quite sure a very early visit to Ludington Court at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art started it all. I have fond childhood memories of the museum where my mother was a docent for many years. Years Continue Reading
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_______________________________________ FROM KIMBERLY This is the lovely Nuruosmaniye Mosque in Istanbul. It fairly glows, it’s white marble walls punctuated with paned windows, allowing sunlight into the sanctuary. Nuruosmaniye means “the light of Osman”, named so after the sultan who completed the building in 1755. This 18th century mosque is considered a masterpiece of Baroque Ottoman Continue Reading
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Baroque Pearls – Jewels of The Sea
________________________________________ FROM KIMBERLY There is something beguiling about an empty stairwell; an invitation, an air of intrigue – what’s beyond that corner, who is up in those rooms above? Glancing at these stairs I can’t help but imagine a 17th century contessa, draped in silk, lace and baroque pearls climbing the stairs to the “primo piano” to Continue Reading
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Timeless Gifts: Diamonds and Cashmere
________________________________ FROM KIMBERLY I’ve long wanted to be at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the lighting of their Baroque Neapolitan Christmas Tree . The grand tree, festooned with flying angles and gorgeous creche figurines, is backed by an 18th century Spanish wrought iron choir screen, and located in the Medieval Sculpture Gallery. Throughout the gallery, numerous renderings of Mary Continue Reading
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Baroque Pearls From Italy
________________________________________ FROM KIMBERLY Cordoned off from the burgeoning crowds of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, is the octagonal Tribuna; a “treasure house” designed by Bernardo Buontalenti in1584 at the bequest of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Francesco1de’Medici. Considered the first museum of Europe, it was created to house the precious jewels, paintings, furniturnishings and ancient sculptures Continue Reading
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Baroque Majesty From Italy
_______________________________________ FROM KIMBERLY Pearls are often considered the “Queen of Gems” and have been prized for thousands of years; the first historical mention is from China, some 2,300 years ago. Speaking of China, I just got to see “Through the Looking Glass,” a show-stopping exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Continue Reading
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Feather And Fern Necklaces
____________________________________ FROM KIMBERLY For me, charcoal or slate, is the new black. I love it in clothing as a softer alternative to black, as well as in jewelry, such as the rich antiqued silver and diamond feather and fern necklaces above. It’s also fabulous on homes and buildings. Shown left is the gorgeous Maison de Continue Reading
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Going For Gold
________________________________________ FROM KIMBERLY This is an image of the Iftaree Pavilion, situated on the Marble Terrace of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. Though petite, this golden canopied pavilion is commanding in it’s beauty and situation, overlooking the Golden Horn. Built in the 17th century, it was created to “break fast” at sunset during Ramadan. During Continue Reading
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Treasures of Byzantium in Montecito
______________________________________ FROM KIMBERLY Like a sorbet serves as a palate cleanser between courses at a long feast, a trip to the serene and exquisite Chora Church in Istanbul was just what my senses needed after the heady and mind boggling assortment and sounds of a buying trip in Istanbul. Considered one of the most beautiful examples Continue Reading
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Take Flight With Posh Plumage
_______________________________ FROM KIMBERLY A new pair of binoculars inspired a winter outing to the “Bird Forest,” so nicknamed by my granddaughter Amelia. Known to most as “The Ramble,” in New York’s Central Park, the area is a 36-acre forest located on the Atlantic Flyway – the bi-annual bird migration path. Over 230 species have been spotted Continue Reading
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